Jones is best among peers
WP AWARDS: Scotland international Huw Jones walked away with the coveted Players' Player of the year Award, as well as the Most Promising Back at the 2016 Western Province Rugby Football Union Awards evening Tuesday, October 4.
Lock Pieter-Steph du Toit and hooker Bongi Mbonambi bagged two awards each, although the pair were not present at Newlands as they are in Durban preparing for the Springbok Test against the All Blacks.
On top of the main awards, which recognise the best and most promising players over the season, there were new award categories.
The Composure and Capability Award for the Senior Player was awarded to the individual who showed the most composure and capability under pressure and the Above and Beyond Award went to the player who gave everything on and off the field.
The Bounce Players of the Year went to those who have made a significant improvement in their game.
In his first season at Newlands, Du Toit claimed the Composure and Capability Award and the Most Valuable Player Award, whilst Mbonambi was named the Best Forward and the Bounce Player of the year.
The other senior awards saw Cheslin Kolbe named the Best Back and Kobus van Dyk the Most Promising Forward.
In the Under-21 division, lock David Ribbans claimed the Best Forward award, wing Sibahle Maxwane was voted Best Back and Ryan Oosthuizen was handed the U21 Most Promising Player award. The Above and Beyond Award went to captain Luke Stringer and Edwill van der Merwe claimed the Bounce Player of the Year.
In the table-topping U19 team, the Best Forward went to No.8 Juarno Augustus, Best Back was centre David Brits, flank Nama Xaba was named the Most Promising Player and Zain Davids bagged the Bounce Player of the Year
The School's Player of the Year was Salmaan Moerat, who captained SA Schools this year and the Referee of the Year was awarded to Marius van der Westhuizen.
"Congratulations to all the winners. It was a privilege to be able to pay tribute to everyone who have worked so hard and deserve their rewards.
"The awards showcase the efforts that are being made to ensure that WP Rugby remains top across all levels and we wish our teams the best of luck in the knock-out phase of their respective competitions, as they all chase national titles," WPRFU President, Thelo Wakefield, said.
Currently, the Currie Cup, U19 and U21 teams have all qualified for the knock-out phase of their respective competitions, with the U19 and U21 sides hosting semifinals against their counterparts from the Free State Cheetahs at City Park on Friday, October 14.
The senior team face the Blue Bulls in their semifinal at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, October 15.
Western Province finished top of the Currie Cup Qualifying standings and went on to secure a seventh consecutive Currie Cup semifinal spot. The U18, U18 Academy and U13 teams all went unbeaten through their respective Youth Weeks, with 13 U18 players named in the SA Schools squad.
All the 2016 individual award winners:
Players Player of the Year: Huw Jones
MVP Award: Pieter-Steph du Toit
Best Forward: Bongi Mbonambi
Best Back: Cheslin Kolbe
Most Promising Senior Forward: Kobus van Dyk
Most Promising Senior Back: Huw Jones
Senior Bounce Player of the Year: Bongi Mbonambi
Composure and Capability Award: Pieter-Steph du Toit
U21 Best Forward: David Ribbans
U21 Best Back: Sibahle Maxwane
U21 Most Promising Player: Ryan Oosthuizen
U21 Bounce Player of the Year: Edwill van der Merwe
U19 Best Forward: Juarno Augustus
U19 Best Back: David Brits
U19 Most Promising Player: Nama Xaba
U19 Bounce Player of the Year: Zain Davids
Above and Beyond Award: Luke Stringer
Women's Player of the Year: Babalwa Latsha
School's Player of the Year: Salmaan Moerat
Referee of the Year: Marius van der Westhuizen
Club Rugby Player of the Year: Alvin Brandt (Tygerberg RFC)